Conservative Party breaks tradition, launches election campaign in free online ‘town hall’ event

The Conservative Party of NZ has ditched decades of political tradition and chosen to kick off its 2017 Election campaign in a virtual launch online, rather than a damp city hall on a cold winter’s night.

In an email-out to supporters and media this morning, party chairman Kevin Stitt announced the Conservatives are staging a free online webinar this weekend featuring the campaign launch by new party leader Leighton Baker, followed by a town hall style Q&A where webinar attendees can fire questions at Baker.

The party appears to be banking on virtual technology as a more efficient means of reaching its support base nationwide, with people able to attend the party launch from the comfort of their armchairs at home.

The launch is taking place at 7pm this Saturday, 20 May. The text of the party’s media release follows:

Please register for our online Conservative Party Campaign Launch – Sat May 20, 7.00pm, 2017 at:

We’ve had Brexit. We’ve had Trump. We’ve had French rejection of the establishment. It’s time for change!

Brief Welcome and Introduction
20 minute message from Leighton Baker, Party Leader
Questions and Answers. You can type questions during the message to be answered later.

Join us for our online “Town Hall Meeting” this Saturday evening starting at 7pm.

You can join us on your PC, tablet, or on your Mac. It seems mobile phones don’t work too well. We will be using GotoWebinar as our host and you will need to join the webinar a few minutes early as you need to activate Citrix Online Launcher to join.

Click the link above to register and join us this Saturday! (You may have to copy and paste it into your address bar.)

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.